It seems that President Trump and his legal team learned of Flynn’s guilty plea only this morning.
Sources with direct knowledge tell ABC News the President & his legal team learned about the Flynn plea via news reports this morning.
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) December 1, 2017
President Trump specifically asked then FBI director James Comey to drop his investigation into Flynn. When Comey refused, the president fired him.
1/24: Flynn lies to FBI about interactions w/Russian govt
1/26: Yates warns WH Flynn compromised
1/27: Trump asks Comey for loyalty
1/30: Trump fires Yates
2/13: Flynn resigns after WashPost reports Yates warned of blackmail risk
2/14: Trump asks Comey to drop Flynn probe
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) December 1, 2017
It is important to note that the Flynn lied to the FBI while still working in the White House as the National Security Advisor. This will make it harder for the administration to distance themselves, as they did with the Papadopoulos and Manafort.
The charge of lying to the FBI is dated Jan 24th…..when Flynn was in the White House as National Security Advisor Hard for White House to distance itself from this
— Alan Fisher (@AlanFisher) December 1, 2017
Regardless, CNN reports that the president is trying to play off the charge by saying that everyone lies in Washington.
Via CNN's @GloriaBorger: "One source close to the president attempted to mitigate the severity of the charge against Flynn by pointing out that everyone lies in Washington."
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 1, 2017
Which might work, because it seems the standard of ethics in D.C. have changed since Bill Clinton was president in the 1990s.
Bill Clinton was impeached by Republicans for perjury.
Now it's just the thing that everyone does. 🤷♂️
— Karl Darrin Devlet (@hesanihilist) December 1, 2017
Depending on the nature and extent of Flynn’s cooperation with the special counsel’s investigation, we may see more information come forth that will lead to additional indictments of those within the White House administration.